Runner's Knee Explained in 215 Words

Runner's Knee Explained in 215 Words

Disclaimer: this is not a substitute for medical advice. If you’re experiencing pain you should see a medical professional. 

Experiencing a slight pain in around your knee when you run? Well, you aren’t alone. Runner’s knee, as it’s commonly known, is one of the most common running injuries. It’s also caused by any exercises which adds stress to it like walking, biking, jumping, or sports. It’s characterized by pain around or behind the kneecap. 

It’s usually a result of overuse, misalignment, or trauma to the kneecap, but can also be caused by flat feet, weak or tight thigh muscles, overuse, inadequate stretching, arthritis, or a fractured kneecap or even a dislocation of it.    

It’s diagnosed by medical professionals through the use of x-rays, an MRI scan, or CT scan. 

Treatment is bespoke to the individual, and usually doesn’t involve surgery. The most common ways to solve runner’s knee include icing the knee, compressing it with an elastic bandage or sleeve, elevating it, and most importantly, resting it! Exercises to strengthen the leg and core muscles and foam rolling can also do wonders. 

Surgery is only recommended in certain cases where the kneecap and cartilage is too damaged. 

If you believe you might suffer from this or any other condition, we recommend you to see a medical professional. 

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